Inner City Tennis Foundation Community Programs Teacher / Coach Minneapolis, MN · Full time

The Community Programs Coach (CP Coach), under the guidance of the Community Programs Manager (CP Manager), delivers tennis instruction to children and youth to support healthy personal, social, and emotional development. Instruction takes place in Minneapolis public schools, parks, facilities operated by partner organizations, and, less commonly, Reed Sweatt Family Tennis Center.



The CP Coach reports to the CP Manager, collaborating with them and other ICT staff to deliver tennis programs at locations across Minneapolis. The position involves the following roles and responsibilities:

Uphold ICT Mission and Values: The CP Coach is accountable to the CP Manager and Executive Director (ED) to uphold the mission and values of ICT by:

  • Playing a pivotal role in promoting ICT values in the workplace, and through collaboration, professionalism, and mutual respect, upholding a positive and fulfilling work culture.
  • Promoting excellence in athletic performance, health and fitness, academics, character, and community service, ensuring that all programming personally delivered is properly aligned with other programming and curricula of ICT, including Community Programs, ACE, Kidspeed®, Cities Academy, and Leadership programming and curricula.
  • Modeling and enforcing all ICT values and policies, including but not limited to encouraging sportsmanship and fair play, showing honor and respect for all people, promoting diversity and inclusion, and encouraging every staff and player to be the best they can be on and off the court.

Deliver Excellent Programming and Customer Service: In collaboration with the CP Manager and other staff, the CP Coach ensures that ICT community programs provide the best possible experience for all participants to motivate them to increase the frequency of play and form loyalty to the mission of the organization by providing tennis and other instruction that will be nationally recognized as outstanding in the youth development industry, with the goal of making ICT the leader of youth development through tennis. The CP Coach’s essential duties are as follows:

  • Delivers excellent tennis and other programming that is always safe, challenging, and fun.
  • Provides beginning through intermediate instruction and ensures that it is in keeping with the highest professional standards in the industry.
  • Assists in supervising play and ensures proper charging of fees, when applicable.
  • Assists in the promotion of and delivery of tennis clinics and other special events to attract and maintain participants’ interests.
  • Monitors and enforces all ICT rules and regulations governing the use of the facility, its equipment, and other property.
  • Inspects courts, facilities, and equipment before the start of play and ascertains whether necessary maintenance has been performed to be safe for play, reporting any maintenance problems to a manager or the Executive Director.
  • Incorporates and maintains safe work practices and a safe environment for everyone. 
  • Positively represents and promotes ICT.
  • Communicates clearly and promptly with staff, customers, and others associated with ICT. 
  • Maintains regular and reliable attendance and submits accurate time records on or before their due dates. 
  • Abides by and upholds all policies and procedures of the ICT Employee Handbook. 
  • Other duties and responsibilities as the CP Coach function and role within the organization grows and expands.


  • Passion for working with children and youth.
  • A commitment to inclusive, holistic youth development.
  • Excellent communication skills with both youth and adults.
  • The ability to lift 50 pounds regularly, respond quickly to sounds, and see and respond to dangerous situations.
  • Current USTA Safe Play certification (may be obtained after hiring).
  • Access to a reliable personal vehicle (reimbursement will be paid for mileage driven for work)

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 2+ years of experience competing in high school and/or college sports.
  • 1+ years of professional youth development experience.
  • Lived experience in Minneapolis Public Schools as a student or staff.
  • Language competence in languages other than English commonly spoken in Minneapolis.


Compensation + Hours

The CP Coach will work 25 - 35 hours per week in locations other than Reed Sweatt Family Tennis Center (schools, parks, and facilities owned by partner organizations). Should the CP Coach desire to work up to 40 hours per week, there may be opportunities to serve in other capacities (e.g., teaching tennis at the Tennis Center, working on events, assisting in communications, etc.).

  • A typical work week could entail:
  • Monday - Friday; 2-4 hours/day coaching during the school day in a Minneapolis Public Elementary School.
  • Monday - Thursday; 2.5 hours / day coaching after school in a Minneapolis Public School or partner location.
  • Saturday; 2-4 hours coaching at Reed Sweatt Family Tennis Center or other location.

As defined by the ICT Employee Handbook, this is either an irregular part-time position, a regular part-time position, or a full-time position depending upon the number of hours regularly scheduled. This is a non-exempt position, thus covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act and NOT exempt from the law’s requirements concerning minimum wage and overtime pay. The position will be evaluated informally from time to time to time and formally on an annual basis, with performance outcomes measured against specific goals to be established annually with the CP Manager and ED.


$18 - $30 per hour